Hey guys, it’s been 15 days since my last blog so I thought I’d better catch everyone up. Well, it’s April now so we have officailly been on the road now for 5 months. We are still staying at Fossil Park near Aussie World and the Sunny Coast. Ben had been working hard during the week and we have been seeing some sites on the weekends. I have been getting a couple of locum shifts at Greencross Vet in Kawana Waters and I have been writing. My first novel is now officially an ebook you can check it out at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/714918.
We caught up with Ben’s Uncle and Aunty again, David and Cheryl. We joined them for dinner in Noosa and they took us for a drive around the beaches of Noosa and into the National Park. Noosa is a truly beautiful town it is loved by those with lots of money but also by those who love surf and travel. It is definitely the shiny diamond of the Sunshine Coast. After dinner we walked the streets of Noosa. There is some very classy restuaraunts and homes lining the pathways. At night they light the trees with fairy lights, which makes it seem all the more magical. We got some icecream and then went back to their apartment for a while. It was a great night, we love spending time David and Cheryl, they are positive, happy and very relaxed.
There is something about the Sunshine Coast lifestyle that allows you to be who you want to be and do what you want to do. Melbourne should seriously have a look the way work is put on the back burner a little here and life is bought forward. Most businesses closed by 5pm and tradies are normally home by 3pm, Sundays are quiet days where only the bare essentials are accessible and most shops are closed. After work, the residents are outside, exercising, surfing and socialising. What a life!
We have been to a few waterfalls over the weekend. The valley at Mapleton Falls was a site for sore eyes, it was thick with trees and was so deep that it reminded us how tiny we, as humans, really are. The look out there was impressive.
We also went to Buderim Falls but these were probably the least impressive falls we have seen to date. On the other hand… the Kondalilla Falls and National Park was stunning and although there is a bit of walking involved to get to the falls, it was worth it!
On the way home from the falls Ben spotted this shiny gem amongst the rocks of the Sunshine Coast… The Big Barrel. It had wine tasting and craft beer tasting and a great cheese platter, what more could you want in life?
We did visit The Big Pineapple as well but it was closed due to the category one cyclone that passed over us… oh yeah, the cyclone, probably should tell you about that. We survived the off shoot of Cyclone Debbie really well. Yes, we got over 200mL of rain and yes, the winds were strong and scary. It kept us and the dogs inside the camper for an entire day, the annex floor got saturated and it turned the turf farm that we overlook into a river. Chevy was freaking out a little so Ben let the dogs lie under his legs in the top part of the camper, while I read my book in the annex. When the strong wind started late at night, we started to worry, the annex began bending and moving and when one side started to collapse Ben made the call for us to get in the car. The dogs jumped in the back and we drove to the Aussie World carpark away from trees and other objects to wait out the storm. It calmed down around an hour later and we returned to the camper. Everything on the annex floor was wet but thankfully there were no broken poles and no permanant damage so we faired pretty well. Considering that some people, including one of Ben’s cousins, had the windows of their homes blown in.
We got some running repairs done on the camper as there were a few annoying things we wanted to have fixed before the warranty runs out and over the last two days have made a couple of new friends at Fossil Park, Matt and Linda, they are from South Australia. We will be here in the Sunshine Coast until April 28th and then we move upwards and onwards to Bundaberg. I’m looking forward to catching up with an old friend from my school days, Steph, when we get to Bundaberg and Ben is looking forward to the rum tour and factory. We will then head to Seventeen Seventy and catch up with Barney, Tracy, Jasmine and Mum and Dad. Very excited!